Natural Language Processing and Social Dynamics lab (NASLAB):  The research in the lab is focused on the computational processing of language with special focus on the way language is used in different social contexts and the ways meaning changes and evolves over time and space. We develop and use state of the art computational methods in order to learn how language brings people together and how it may drive them apart. While algorithmic at its core, this challenging endeavor is multidisciplinary in nature, involving computer science, linguistics, political science and sociology. Indeed we collaborate with scholars of all these fields. 

If you are interested in this line of research and want to join the lab please drop for a visit or drop us a line. 

Location: building 96, room 105. 

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2019 Israeli Election
Contextual Discourse Parsing
Modeling Large Scale Distributed Campaigns

Influence in Networks (especially in the political context)

The Tide: racist and abusive trends in online communities

Digital Forensics (and the applicability of machine learning based evidence in evidence law)

  • New Paper (to appear 2021): It’s a Thin Line Between Love and Hate: Using the Echo in Modeling Dynamics of Racist Online Communities (with Eyal Arviv and Simo Hanouna)

  • New Paper (to appear 2021): Discourse Parsing for Contentious, Non-Convergent Online Discussions (with Stepan Zakharov, Omri Hadar, Tovit Hakak, Dina Grossman and Yifat Ben-David Kolikant)

  • New Paper (2020): Pkg2Vec: Hierarchical package embedding for code authorship attribution (with Roni Mateless and Robert Moskovitch)

  • New Paper (2020): Local/Global Contagion of Viral/Non-viral Information: Analysis of Contagion Spread in Online Social Networks (with Alon Bartal and Nava Pliskin)

  • New Paper (2020): Sharp Power in Social Media: Patterns from Datasets Across Electoral Campaigns, ANZJES (with Simo Hanouna, Omer Neu, Sharon Pardo and Hila Zahavi )

  • New paper (2020): Global Contagion of Non-Viral Information, HICSS-53 (with Alon Bartal and Gilad Ravid) 

  • Check media coverage of HaParlament project (TV, radio, press) in the lab's In the Media tab.

  • Congratulations to Avrahami for winning the full travel grant to EuroNLP for his r/place prediction work. 

  • 14.8.2019: Check out our new project - HaParlament (הפרלמנט) - it is addictive! 

  • 21.5.2019 - Panel Discussion: Cyber Politics - Election Interference in the Digital Age at the Board of Trustees Event (with Dan Shapiro, former US ambassador to Israel, Prof. Sharon Pardo, Prof. Bracha Shapira and Prof. Lior Rokach).

  • 14.5.2019 - Invited talk at the program for Conflict management and Resolution: אל מקום שהרוח הולך: מהתארגנות מבוזרת לפעולה קולקטיבית, predicting group dynamics on Reddit's R/Place

  • 07.04.2019 - Our analysis of the allegations of Social Media Election Manipulation was featured in Haaretz (HEB). The full report (HEB) could be found here